Constructing A Giant!
All off season long we will give you updates on the construction of the most terrifying creation in park history, Goliath! Click below to view the Goliath Construction Blog.
The park map of Six Flags Great America and Hurricane Harbor has been updated for the 2014 season. The highlight of the new map is the addition of Goliath in the top left corner. You will also notice the removal of Ragin' Cajun in the Mardi Gras section of the park which is currently a vacant space. You can view the new 2014 park map here.
The moment we have been waiting for all off season long! Goliath's steel structured lift is going vertical this morning. Also, about 50% of the track for the dive loop has been completed this week. More updates coming soon.
Duane Marden of RCDB took a fly over video of Goliath this past Saturday during a construction tour...
More supports have been added for the zero-G stall and the structure of the dive loop is nearly complete for track work to start on it. Construction for the base of the lift hill has begun. The steel supports for the lift is being assembled in the nearby employee parking lot and will be brought over in sections. The foundation and walls for the new Goliath themed gift shop, Thrillseekers, is nearly complete.
Some updates from the park today: The steel structure for the lift hill, drop, and top of the zero-G stall have officially arrived at the park! Also, the foundations for the new Goliath themed gift shop, Thrill Seekers, has also begun.
The overbank turn of Goliath is nearing completion as the final pieces of track for it should go into place by the end of the week. The dive loop has also risen to max height and should see track installed on it in the coming weeks. The first drop and zero-G stall will be the final elements constructed for the ride. The ride is on track to begin testing by the beginning of May and open on the scheduled date of May 24th.
The structure for the overbank turn of Goliath reached max height of over 120 feet yesterday afternoon. The twist and shout is nearly complete except for a few pieces of track that still needs the top section of the topper track installed. The overbank turn should be completed in the next couple weeks and the construction of the lift, drop, and zero-G stall will begin immediately after. The ride is still on track to open at the start of Memorial Day weekend which is May 24th.
Today, Six Flags Great America released the final concept artwork of their upcoming 3 world record smashing wooden roller coaster, Goliath. The lift hill resembles Intimidator 305 at Kings Dominion in Virginia. This should also mean quicker construction for the lift and drop which should rise within the next month or two. They've also released artwork of how the revamped station and entrance will look. Check out the gallery above.
All photos were taken by Six Flags Great America.